A trip to the supermarket for groceries can turn into a daunting task when faced with a dozen aisles stocked with packaged foods claiming to be “healthy.” Nutritional information on labels and restaurant menus can be incredibly deceiving, and many of the health claims on these foods are nothing but a marketing gimmick—with many packaged foods being the furthest thing from healthy. Choosing to eat a salad at a café can pack on more calories than a cheeseburger due to rich, creamy dressings and toppings. Many popular “health” foods like granola bars are actually full of processed ingredients, along with excess salt, sugar, and calories. Drinks like artificially flavored fruit juices have little or no nutritional value and contain little if any “real” fruit—with many popular drinks just packing on the empty calories and even exceeding the daily recommended limit of sugar in some cases.
In an ideal scenario, sleep would come naturally and quickly upon going to bed and hitting the pillow. But more often than not, this is not the case, as millions of Americans struggle with sleeping problems and insomnia. While there are several possible causes for having trouble sleeping, from excessive caffeine intake to sleep apnea to stress, hormonal imbalance is one of the lesser known but significant causes of insomnia that can deprive the body of shut-eye.